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So Many Lawsuits, So Little Time

There are at least four ways that physicians can be sued over genetic testing, blogs Hsien-Hsien Lei. One is wrongful birth (also called wrongful life), a scenario in which a doctor might have received a false negative result or not have done enough genetic testing. Another is not doing pharmacogenetic testing before prescribing a drug, such as warfarin. The last two ways that Lei mentions are giving negligent medical advice and claiming the right of conscience to deny patients genetic testing. "Considering the complexity of genetics, can we expect busy doctors to keep abreast of the field?" she asks.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.